Norwich City vs Southampton Live Streaming English Premier League
Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino faces the first test of his brief managerial tenure on the South Coast as he prepares to visit Norwich City, with his side having lost consecutive matches for the first time since he took charge.
Following a tough loss away to Newcastle United, last weekend's home defeat to last placed Queen's Park Rangers was a real gut-punch in the Saints battle to beat the drop.
"We can't look back on this result," Pochettino told the club website. "We just have to prepare for Norwich. I have trust and confidence in my team. From now on, we just need to keep on working and going forward.
"We didn't expect this result but we have to accept it because we made some mistakes. We tried very hard and put in a great effort to get a different kind of result but, because of the mistakes we made and their goalkeepers' interventions, we didn't get a positive one."
Southampton (6-9-13) sit three points above the relegation zone in 17th place but have both Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic snapping at their heels.
Norwich (7-11-10) come into the match facing something of a crisis of confidence themselves, having won just one of their last 11 Premier League games. Only Aston Villa have taken fewer than the Canaries' seven points in that span.
The Canaries have only held the lead for a total of 69 minutes out of a possible 990 in those last 11 games and have been shut out in five of their last seven matches.
Despite this run, Norwich boss Chris Hughton was still able to draw some positives out of their last result, a 4-0 reverse at the hands of runaway league leaders Manchester United.
"For good periods of the game we were very much in it," Hughton told the club website. "The first goal hurt us just before half time which was a soft goal to concede, we didn't create that much ourselves, but that second goal hurts us.
"At that stage you have to make a decision as to whether you settle for two or do you open up a little bit. We went for it and made a few changes, which made us a little more vulnerable but we hoped to be more of a threat, but of course with the quality they've got they were able to capitalise on that."
If the Canaries are to maintain or even extend their current five point lead over Saturday's visitors, they will have to beat them for the first time in six attempts. Norwich have lost twice and drawn four against the Saints in their last six games dating back to a 1-0 win at St. Mary's in Jan. 2008 in the Championship.
It is a measure of how far these teams have come in a short space of time, however, that one of those six matches was a Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie, for teams in the bottom two tiers of English football.
If the Saints are to take something from the match, they will need to improve their defensive efforts away from St. Mary's. The 34 goals they have allowed in their 14 away matches this season in the most in the Premier League.
When the sides met at St. Mary's in late November, the match ended in a 1-1 draw with Robert Snodgrass scoring just before half time to cancel out a 32nd-minute strike by Rickie Lambert.
Norwich and Southampton are two of four teams (the others being Manchester United, Sunderland) yet to have a man sent off in the Premier League this season. This despite the Canary's Grant Holt having committed more fouls (61) than any player in the division.